Write Your Git Commits with GitHub Copilot
After spending hours on a bug fix or a feature update, often the last thing we developers want to do is carefully explain the contents of the Git commit. The latest Visual Studio preview is here to help. Use the new generated Git commit message feature to help you describe your set of changes. You can then refine the message with “why” the change was made and commit.
Generating useful and informative commit messages helps you in a variety of ways.
- You avoid your repository looking like this
- Your teammates can more effectively review your changes in a pull request
- Your Git history tells a story that includes both “what” was changed and “why”
- You can easily pinpoint the origins of a bug or breaking change
- You save yourself and/or coworkers hours of digging around while troubleshooting
- You make your repository easier to ramp up to and contribute to in the future
Enable the feature
This feature is currently only available in preview. Ensure it’s enabled in Tools > Options > GitHub > Copilot chat > Enable commit message suggestions
What is the generated Git commit message feature?
The new Generated Commit Message feature uses GitHub Copilot AI to describe your code changes. This makes writing descriptive and helpful commit messages as easy as clicking a button, then adding your explanation.
Use the new “Add AI Generated Commit Message” sparkle pen icon in the Git Changes window to generate a suggestion. GitHub Copilot will look at the file changes in your commit, summarize them, and then describe each change. You can then “Insert AI Suggestion” or “Discard.”
Let us know what you think
We hope this new feature makes writing your Git commit messages easier – leading to productivity for you, your teammates, and even “future you” when reviewing your changes and helping others understand your Git history. Share your thoughts with us, so we can continue to improve your experience.
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